Western Christian’s Richardson Signs to Seattle Pacific University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If anything, their 65-61 loss to Columbia Christian was all that they needed to bounce back the following season to take down the Knights for the 2A State Championship. And as Western Christian was about to open their title defense, one of their own in Payton Richardson sat in…

Bringing the Fire

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  There was a rumor that freshman Izzy Boyd has a fiery, competitive side to her as Gervais’ Girls basketball season kicked off Monday evening. For a squad coming off of their second Field of 16 appearance in three years and as much as Boyd’s hatred to lose, the freshman…

Imig Returns To Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Monday’s practice marked Salem Academy’s Derek Imig return to the Crusaders Girls Basketball program. The 2002 Salem Academy graduate had been part of the Crusader program prior four years prior in the late 2000’s, helping guide the Crusaders to the 2008 State Championship and a third-place finish in 2010…

Team Oregon Preparing For Hall Of Fame World Youth Championship Games

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  The elements this time of the year can be really challenging in terms of trying to get a nice grip on the football. There are only a handful of practices left before the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade teams of Team Oregon travel to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of…

Battle Of Powers At State Goes To Woodburn

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–When word spread that Woodburn was dropping from 5A to 4A, the question became when will we see the Bulldog-Stayton matchup in the finals. Here’s the challenge to it too.  Toss in two times they’ve met in the Oregon West Conference-league play and you got, in theory, a battle.  No…

Amity’s Season Comes To End In Quarters

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  With a team like Rainier or Amity, give then opportunities and they’ll take advantage of them. Put the two against each other as they were in the 3A Quarterfinals, even one mistake could prove to be the difference maker. The Warriors made two in the first half as the…

Silverton Gets One More Win At McGinnis. Semis Next

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.– There were smiles and comments about Hillsboro Stadium following their 48-14 win over Scappoose Friday, and for good reason. Silverton’s goal at the beginning of the season was to get to this point, and here they are as they win comes on the heels of their final game at McGinnis….

Central’s Mendazona Signs With Utah State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Central’s Meagan Mendazona has been through the gantlet of adversity in recent years that has challenged the Panther Senior determination leading into Thursday afternoon’s moment in the Panther Pit. Concussion, broken wrist, mono had sidelined Mendazona for some time with the latter making her miss the majority of her…

Embracing the Journey

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.– Every coaches worse nightmare occurred for Sheridan Boys Basketball with them peaking early. Yes the Spartans qualified for the Round of the 16 for the first time since 2012, but Sheridan didn’t win a game in the month of February. Granted, they played the 2A Champions in Western Christian,…

Blanchet’s Barchus Signs To Division-II CSU-East Bay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  A few short years ago playing 12U softball, a left fielder was going after a fly ball with two outs and runners on base when the unthinkable happened: The left fielder tripped going after the ball.  The runners, scored and forced the five-run mercy rule.  The left fielder laid…

Titans Sign Six Wednesday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– James Friedman travels up to Portland on the regular for his four-and-a-half gymnastics practice every day.  It’s grueling when you get out of practice at 8:30 every night, but it paid off. But as Friedman signed his Letter of Intent to compete at the University of Iowa for gymnastics, he…

Esparza’s Goal Lifts Eagles Over Marist In OT

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.–  When Jayden Esparza struck in the 94th minute of Stayton’s 1-0, Overtime thriller over the one-seed in Marist Catholic, he was swarmed by his Eagles teammates in a game where both teams came awfully close of breaking the 0-0 tie. The Spartans Sam Bell had saved seven Stayton shots…